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What is Enquiring Minds?

Enquiring Minds is...

Enquiring Minds is not...

“Enquiring Minds encourages pupils to develop skills whilst focusing on an area of their own interest and still developing subject knowledge. The approach is significant since it provides increased autonomy...Enquiry-based work is not a separate entity to other subject areas.”


“Most of the school curriculum is what we want them to learn, which is fine but it maybe doesn’t tap into what they want to learn, or tap into their own interests, or things that they value as important.”


What age group uses Enquiring Minds?

Enquiring Minds has been developed and piloted with students in Key Stage 3 (aged 11-13). However, as it is an approach to teaching and learning, and not a syllabus or curriculum, it could be developed as an alternative approach at Key Stage 4 or with younger children.

Where does the National Curriculum fit in?

Enquiring Minds is a way of approaching teaching and learning that can be used as an alternative to the curriculum or as a way of ensuring that it is made more relevant to students’ own contexts. It might be possible for teachers to approach their subjects through an enquiry approach. In this project, we have worked outside subjects and outside the curriculum in order to allow students to define the content of their learning.

What difference does it make in the classroom?

In an Enquiring Minds classroom, the teacher is no longer centre-stage: students and teachers work together as partners.

A typical Enquiring Minds teacher is:

A typical Enquiring Minds student is:

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